Okanagan College site official for proposed track

There’s no denying the location of a proposed Greater Vernon sports complex now.

On Wednesday, Regional District of North Okanagan directors voted to move towards a referendum for a track and field facility. But the motion was also amended to identify land at Okanagan College.

“It specifies the site we worked so hard to get,” said chairperson Patrick Nicol.

The college site has long been considered the location for a sports complex, but the issue was muddied when a recent staff report also suggested the Kin Race Track property as a possible option.

Since then, officials have been trying to address concerns that the process has shifted.

“We want to send a clear message to residents that specific funds will be connected to a specific project at a specific site,” said Mike Macnabb, director.

Discussions between Okanagan College and RDNO took place over three years and a 40-year lease agreement was reached in 2010. The provincial Agricultural Land Commission has also agreed to a sports complex as a non-farm use there.

Kin Race Track has been deemed not suitable because of ongoing legal action between RDNO and the Okanagan Equestrian Society over use of the 43rd Avenue property.

It’s not known when a referendum to borrow a maximum of $8.5 million for a sports complex will be held, although it could be this fall.


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